Summer isn’t officially here for another 2 weeks, but the summer like temps showed up in full force today. With temps in the low 90’s, sweltering humidity and what seemed like absolutely zero breeze, the Diablos looked to make history in the first ever Denton Diablos double header, with the Diablos Reserve team playing their first game in franchise history, opening up the evening of soccer with a friendly against the 2001 Solar Premier team. The game was a tremendous success, with the Reserves able to secure the 2-0 win, while allowing the future generation of Diablos players a chance to experience the professional atmosphere and quality of soccer that NPSL soccer provides!
And now on to the main event. With half the season behind us, and multiple club records already written, the hot weather on the day was an indicator of the heat the Diablos were bringing on the pitch.
Tyler came into the game with a 1-5 conference record looking to turn their season around. As the sun started to set on a hot sweltering day, the Diablos started to turn up the heat on the pitch. Employing their trademark high pressure, attack minded game plan, it would take 30 minutes before the Diablos broke through the Tyler defense and claimed their first goal of the day. Julian Barajas found himself alone in the box and was able to get on the end of a Martin Salas cross, guiding home the first time volley in the 32′ minute. Wasting no time in capitalizing on their initial success, Barajas returned the favor in the 34′ minute when he found captain Sam Garza just inside the box, before Sam went to work bursting by his defender before megging the keeper for a 2-0 lead. With Tyler starting to relent to the speed of the Diablos wide players, Martin Salas again found himself with time and space down the right hand side of the pitch in the 39′ minute, when this time his well served cross found Harris Partain darting into open space and clinically redirecting home the finish for his first goal of the season, and the 3-0 Diablos lead. The Diablos closed out the first half controlling possession and retired to the locker room at the break up 3-0.
The Diablos had no intentions of resting on their first half work, with Captain Sam Garza claiming his brace thanks to a nice pass from Harris Partain, before Garza slipped by an outstretched keeper and tucked away the 4th Diablos goal on the day in the 52′ minute. Sam Garza wasn’t finished on the day, bagging his 3rd and final goal of the day to complete his hat trick in the 75′ minute when his left footed shot was deflected before finding its way into the back of the net, off a Nicky Hernandez assist. Hernandez was rewarded for his hard work in the 90′ minute, when Gio MontesDeOca found Nicky on the right side at the edge of the box where he deftly tucked away the left footed shot into the corner, the 6th goal on the day and the final goal in the Diablos historic 6-0 win.
This marks the third shutout of the season thanks to an excellent night in the pipes by Joe Weber. Captain Sam Garza was elected the Man of the Match, and chose to split the award with Martin Salas, who’s assist set-up multiple goals on the evening.
The Diablos regroup over the next few days after an exciting 48 hours of soccer before traveling to Midland, Texas on Thursday June 13th to face the #4 ranked Midland-Odessa Sockers at Grande Communication Stadium.
Our next home game will be on Saturday June 15th at 7:00 vs the Laredo Heat. Tickets are available now at dentondiablos.com/tickets